It’s coming – The 2012 Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe with more dance than ever!

From September 7 – 22, the annual Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe will celebrate its 16th year with 16 days of cutting-edge dance, theater, music, visual and interdisciplinary works by renowned artists from the U.S. and international arts scene. With six world premieres and two U.S. premieres, the festival is a platform for daring and innovative artists, bringing leaders of the contemporary performing arts world to Philadelphia stages.

Once again, dance will take center stage at the festival with an overwhelming line up of shows and talent. Be sure to check out all of the dance listings on the calendar to help you plan ahead, and look for additional features and reviews here in the Dance Journal once the festival is in full swing.

photo: Private Places


The largest work in the Live Arts Festival’s 16-year history, Sylvain Émard Danse’s Le Grand Continental, brings together more than 200 Philadelphia-area residents of all ages and backgrounds to learn a 30-minute contemporary dance that displays the talent, charisma and personality of “ordinary” Philadelphians. Originally created for Montreal’s internationally renowned Festival TransAmériques in 2009, the Philadelphia version of Le Grand Continental will be the largest presentation of its kind in the world.

From the company that brought Traces to the 2011 Live Arts Festival, Montreal-based 7 FingersSequence 8 — a co-presentation of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts — carries emotional dynamics and physical feats to a point of explosion and propulsion, incorporating the strongest of theatrical elements at an even higher acrobatic level. Using simple props such as mirrors, a tape deck with instructive recordings and a portable projector, this momentous U.S. premiere tempts and tests the fine line between “self” and “other.”

Brian Sanders’ JUNK (Philadelphia), an acrobatically audacious company known for its ingenious use of found objects and clever inventions that bridge the gap between dance and physical theater, presents The Gate Reopened, a larger-than-life reimagining of Sanders’ thrilling 2003 hit The Gate.

A rising star in Philadelphia choreography, Jumatatu Poe presents the world premiere of Private Places, an original work that mixes themes of explosiveness and confinement, service and performance, materials and identity. Blending high-powered J-Setting choreography with the stylized movements of ordinary tasks, Private Places features Philadelphia dancers Gregory Holt, Maya Johnson, Shannon Murphy, Gabrielle Revlock and Michelle Tantoco.

Look for Headlong Dance Theater‘s This Town Is a Mystery, which combines local performance and dinner in four Philadelphia homes. Created over the course of several months by Headlong and each home’s residents, the dance works are performed by the residents in their own living rooms—transformed into a fully teched stage—with no professional performers.

photo: keila cordova dances


Philly Fringe continues to attract choreographers from around the world: This year, Bidisha Dasgupta (India) blends the classical style of Bharatanatyam with modern dance, while Polish Exchange Artists visit Mascher Space Co-op to exchange cross-cultural ideas in movement.

Locally, critically acclaimed Festival favorite Nichole Canuso Dance Company presents a genre-bending series of duets and video at the American Philosophical Society; Leah Stein Dance Company incorporates iron beams and brick walls into a site-specific dance at the Maas Building; and Dancefusion explores new and reconstructed works with a mini-festival at Drexel University’s Mandell Theater.

Returning for its 9th year, MM2 Modern Dance Company premieres Conversations, a dialog in movement at the Mt. Vernon Dance Space after a successful tour in Toronto. Additional noted dance artists include Project Moshen, keila cordova dances, Lauren Mandilian, Infatuation Dance Company, Rachel Oliver & Kate Speer and more.

Colony – Kelly Bond and Melissa Adrienne Krodman

CONVERSATIONS, A Dialog in Movement – MM2 Modern Dance Company

Counter Rotation – SomaticMovers

Dancefusion Two Views – Dancefusion

Day For A Dream – Call Me Crazy Dancers

dEvolution – Synthesis

Dynamic Surroundings – Heather Bourgeois and Jess Dixon


For Members Only – Lesya Popil and Eleanor Goudie-Averill

Go Together – Ellie Goudie-Averill and Pamela Vail

Hoist – Leah Stein Dance Company

modern dance explained – rebekah rickards

Navigating the Hallway – KDNY

Nichole Canuso Dance Company at the APS Museum – Nichole Canuso Dance Company and the APS Museum

RUB – Gunnar Montana & Jasmine Zieroff

S.O.A.R. – Kelli Moshen

Solos from Gdansk, Burdag and Warszawa – Polish Exchange Artists

Sticks & Stones – Rachel Oliver & Kate Speer

Tickle Me Gray – Infatuation Dance Company

Timelines – Lauren Mandilian



The Philadelphia Live Arts and Philly Fringe Festival runs from September 7 – 22, 2012. Tickets for most shows are priced between $10 and $30; some shows are free. Students and Festival-goers age 25 or younger pay $15 for Live Arts Festival tickets and receive $5 off any Philly Fringe tickets priced above $10. Discounted tickets are available to Festival Members. Festival Members save 20% on all shows, can exchange tickets, receive admission to exclusive special events, and save 10% at top Philadelphia restaurants. A Festival All-Access Pass ($400 for a one-person pass, or $800 for a two-person pass) grants admission to every Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe show, 20% for up to 3 additional tickets per performance, and ticket exchange service up to 48 hours prior to show time. Groups of 10+ save 25%.

Tickets are now available for purchase at or at the Box Office at 215-413-1318. Tickets to Sequence 8 and Food Court, co-presentations of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, are available at



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